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  • fala13 22:21 on 25/02/2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: web   

    I’d Love To Change The World 

    It’s all a bit gloomy with my wife moving temporarily to Germany to pursue her doctorate. On top of that I’ve recently changed departments (after growing roots in the last one for 6 years) and I am now starting almost from scratch. So I went on to reflect for a moment and tried to put my life in a perspective. That led to some weird findings.

    First I tried to calculate my remaining life span. DeathClock is a straightforward site just for that (and here is mine 43 years countdown).

    Surprisingly, few clicks away were the Worldometers, a set of global counters based on heavy government and organizations data. Just few looks lets you spot that:

    • Twice many people are born as die?!
    • Twice many people are fat as starving.
    • 5% of worlds healthcare money goes to cure obesity in USA alone.
    • Demand for TV sets is 80 times lower than for computers.
    • 1/2 of people in the world use Internet.
    • Poeple are tweeting 226 times more frequently than blogging.
    • Gasoline will run out in 39 years (that means I will live to see it!).
    • Luckily natural gas will be around for 163 years. My car runs on it already.
    • We still have coal for 413 years.
    • The number of people with HIV/AIDS is almost the same as the total number of people in Poland.

    The site authors have other cool things going as well: Internet stats and Money meters.

    Those sites are important, because they show you the real data and let you do the thinking. If you watched the Nightcrawler recently, you get the idea how news do everything but that.

    In the end I got to some other site that promised to exactly project my remaining lifespan based on detailed input options. I meddled with them for 5 minutes, pressed “Calculate” and the site said:
    Date of my death
    (NaN means Not-a-Number, error in computation)

  • fala13 10:44 on 03/11/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: agile, , , Neil Gunther, , web   

    Obama's health website is a performance failure 

    One of the biggest US computer software projects had just gone bust on our eyes. The site responsiveness was so low that ‘virtual waiting rooms’ had to be implemented. It’s fun to watch, especially if you have been struggling with similar quality, management and performance issues in your own career.

    Check out the summary of articles on Neil Gunther’s (performance engineering guru) blog: http://perfdynamics.blogspot.com/2013/10/what-happened-at-healthcaregov.html

    If you think this is TLDR (too long, didn’t read) then let me offer you a short wrap up (should sound familiar if you worked in any software business):

    • Requirements were supplied late and changed during implementation
    • Unrealistic deadlines
    • Agile methodologies were used by companies
    • After the initial failure tons of people and consultants where thrown in to ‘fix’ it (including the infamous Booz Allen Hamilton – Edward Snowden employers)
    • President had to publicly apologize for the broken web site

    If you are interested how it looks from software infrastructure perspective take a look at this nice graphic summing it up: http://www.thedoctorweighsin.com/healthcare-dot-gov-how-does-it-work-infographic/

    And to finish with the NYT citation: “Indeed, according to the research firm the Standish Group, 94 percent of large federal information technology projects over the past 10 years were unsuccessful — more than half were delayed, over budget, or didn’t meet user expectations, and 41.4 percent failed completely.”

  • fala13 21:41 on 26/06/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: google glass, tech talks, web   

    One Google Glass Developer Preview for me, please 

    Google does have a subtle style

    My wife took me to Google Glass talk on our University. Some time ago I looked up their currently limited API so I already knew that it is not going to be augmented reality come true. However it was nice to hear it from one of the 3 Poles who actually own the device and talk about Glass limitations and possibilities. Of course I was hoping to see it live but supposedly they broke 3 days earlier.

    To sum up the preview:

    • Glass is a notification bar with built-in camera.
    • Battery life sucks.
    • You operate by swiping the middle area on the right side or by voice.
    • If you do it by voice battery is drained fast.
    • The GPS navigation experience is great (you have to have the GPS in the phone in your pocket though).
    • The Glass screen is little and not suited for longer use, watching movies, playing games, etc.
    • It will for sure be useful in trades and sports that require hands to be free.
    • ..but it won’t replace your smartphone.
    • Until SDK is out the API is very poor and allows only for making simple notification apps. You probably should target your cash cow app to other Android devices.
    • It runs Android 4.0.4 as of now. People flashed it with Ubuntu and made first porn apps (banned already) so far.
    • There must be many weird people on streets in San Francisco since allegedly nobody is putting any special attention to ~8000 Glass “Explorers” who are roaming the streets.

    My personal feeling is that it is not going to be next big thing but it breaches the frontier of augmented reality, miniaturization and most importantly – telepresence because of the video streaming feature.
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  • fala13 18:02 on 23/06/2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , humour, startup, web   

    Coursera frenzy 

    I’m so into Coursera! Coursera logo
    Currently finishing Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies: The 1st Step in Entrepreneurship and starting Startup Engineering.

    Upon registering to tons of services needed for web development for the course I stumbled upon hilarious http://chyrp.net/demo/a-deep-dive-into-developers-life.html. Animated gifs are so ’99 but there is so little online humour about developers that it is still wacky.

    Animated gif

    When I upload a code without tests and it works as expected

    Apart from Coursera there are gazillions of educational sites opening. I heard people get addicted to them and certainly I’m showing sings of addiction too. From the developer oriented ones I will follow up on udacity.com and Marakana.

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